This report highlights challenges that states, districts, and other entities can expect to encounter as they evaluate efforts to improve school leadership and presents recommendations to mitigate these challenges. The study draws on lessons learned during the RAND Corporation’s multiyear evaluation of the New Leaders program. Since 2006, New Leaders has contracted with the RAND Corporation to conduct a formative and summative evaluation of the program, its theory of action, and its implementation. New Leaders is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting student achievement by developing school leaders to serve in urban schools.
The recommendations described here will be of interest to policymakers in school districts, charter management organizations (CMOs), state education agencies, evaluators of efforts to improve school leadership, and data management personnel.
This research was conducted in RAND Education, a unit of the RAND Corporation, under a contract with New Leaders. Additional information about RAND Education can be found at http://www.rand.org/education.